ride the lightning


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ride the lightning

To be put to death by means of the electric chair. Primarily heard in US. Scores of inmates rode the lightning while he was warden of the prison. We're going to make sure you ride the lightning for what you've done!
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ride the lightning

be executed in the electric chair. US informal
See also: lightning, ride
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I was about 11 or 12 when I first got my hands on a copy of Ride the Lightning by Metallica and that was it, I was hooked.
Those of you who are comfortable with Metallica know this 1984 album, Ride the Lightning, and probably have a more favorable response to it than I.
He was speedily made a major demigod of American folklore who could talk the language of animals, ride the lightning, lie with extravagant grandeur, and whip his weight in wildcats.
He was speedily made into an American folk hero, who could talk the language of animals, ride the lightning, lie with extravagant grandeur, and whip his weight in wildcats.
The box set includes all of Metallica's studio albums -- 1983's Kill 'Em All, 1984's Ride the Lightning, 1986's Master of Puppets, 1988's .
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